Bright SCIdea Challenge

The Bright SCIdea Challenge provides support for students based in the UK and Republic of Ireland to develop an innovative science-based idea into a business plan and to compete for a £5,000 prize.

SCI supports entrants in the competition by delivering free, exclusive training. Teams with the strongest business plan are invited to deliver their pitch to an expert panel of experienced, successful senior business people and innovators

Bright SCIdea Challenge 2021

Present your BrightSCIdea to our judges for a chance to win £5000.

Register your team

The Bright SCIdea 2020 final

This year, five teams made it to the final and on 5 November in the new online setting, pitched their unique scientific business plans to our expert panel of judges.

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How to Enter

Registrations for the Bright SCIdea Challenge 2021 are open.
Do you have a Bright SCIdea? Join the first wave of team registrations by submitting the form by 30 November 2020.

If you are a student at university UK or ROI, you can register now. Please note, teams must comprise 3-4 team members, have a team name and a brief description.

Support

If your company would like to support talented young innovators through the Bright SCIdea Challenge, get in touch with us via email to discuss the different ways that you can get involved.

E: BrightScidea@soci.org

Our Bright SCIdea Champions

All entrants to the Bright SCIdea Challenge receive:

Meet our judges and supporters

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne

After struggling to find quality alternative bread for her gluten-intolerant son, Lucinda, a professional chef who studied physiology at university, founded Genius Foods in 2009 with her gluten-free bread. First sold in Tesco, Genius bread is now the UK’s leading ‘free-from’ bakery brand and is sold across Europe, America and Australia.

Lucinda has won numerous awards for her work at Genius Foods, including the Ernst & Young UK Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2012. In addition to Genius, Lucinda is an SCI Board Trustee, an NED of Scotland Food and Drink, The Scale Up Institute and  is currently Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence at The School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh.

Robin Harrison

Robin Harrison

Robin Harrison is VP Technology Platforms & External Innovation for Synthomer, one of the world’s foremost suppliers of aqueous and speciality polymers. Synthomer helps its customers create new tailored solutions and enhance performance of existing products in key industries such as coatings, construction, textiles, paper and synthetic latex gloves. Robin 's role is to define and execute Synthomer’s strategic platform innovation activities through internal programs and collaborative partnerships. Robin has over 25 years research and development experience in the chemical sector, specialising in polymer and resin chemistry, developing industrially relevant systems for a wide range of application areas. This background alongside his current role enables him to work at the interface of science with industry, whilst still being heavily involved in industrial innovation of chemical products.

Victor Christou

Victor Christou

Victor has spent the last 25 years building technology companies as both a founder and investor. He is a Partner at YFM Equity Partners where he is responsible for the growth companies in the portfolio. Prior to joining YFM, Victor was CEO of Cambridge Innovation Capital where he built up the team and portfolio, as well as being responsible for investments in CMR Surgical and Pragmatic Printing. Before that, Victor founded Opsys, an organic electronics business, which he and the team sold to Cambridge Display Technology in 2002. Victor has a PhD in Chemistry from Imperial College, London and was a Sloan Fellow at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He began his career as an academic at the University of Oxford, where he was a Royal Society University Research Fellow. Victor was the Royal Society of Chemistry Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002.

“Bright SCIdea Challenge appealed to us because it seemed an excellent way to develop skills unobtainable at University. Although it promotes heavily academic thinking and creativity, we were most excited to receive professional entrepreneurial training. Also, the best way to influence everyday reality is trying to change it yourself. We wanted to immerse ourselves in a challenge like this.”
AATBox
“Bright SCIdea gave us the opportunity to exit our comfort zones and immerse ourselves in entrepreneurial activities. It was so exciting and also nerve racking to pitch our business to a live audience. Employers are always looking for scientists with other skills, Bright SCIdea gives you a unique opportunity to learn vital business skills.“
Plastech Innovation
“The BrightSCIdea Challenge will help us connect with the scientific community, to compete with other bright minds and will give us vital feedback, helping us with improving our product and its future.”
Team QMUL

Sponsored and supported by

SCI Bright SCIdea Supporting Partner logo - Synthomer
SCI Bright SCIdea Supporting Partner logo - Cambridge Innovation
SCI Bright SCIdea Supporting Partner logo - Croda
SCI Bright SCIdea Supporting Partner logo - Eip
SCI Bright SCIdea Supporting Partner logo - Genius
SCI Bright SCIdea Supporting Partner logo - GSK
SCI Bright SCIdea Supporting Partner logo - Ineos
SCI Bright SCIdea Supporting Partner logo - Johnson Matthey
SCI Bright SCIdea Supporting Partner logo - Potter Clarkson
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